Staff

Current staff members of the journal. To see archive of previous writers, see Staff Archive

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Shefali Kotta
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Currently, I am a rising 3L and I am interested in Estate Planning, Finance and Tax Law. Post law school, I have accepted an offer for a civil clerkship and am looking forward to applying the skills I gained in law school to the job. Before Law School, I worked for the New York City Government for close to two years doing public relations. I graduated from Rutgers University in 2013 with a B.A in Political Science and a minor concentration in Environmental Policies, Institutions, and Behavior. In my spare time, I like to read and travel.

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Christopher Bascelli
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Chris Bascelli is a third-year law student and a Managing Notes & Comments Editor of the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal. Chris graduated from Muhlenberg College with honors in 2015, majoring in Political Science and History. Chris played lacrosse at Muhlenberg and enjoys analyzing the NFL Draft.

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Melanie Chernoff
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Melanie Chernoff graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Physics in 2010 and again in 2011 with an Ed.M in Science Education. Before attending law school she taught high school physics and coached JV girls basketball for four years. The legal ramifications that teachers face on a daily basis are what drove Melanie to law school, however, her love of physics seems to have prevailed. This past summer, Melanie was a Summer Associate at Lerner David where she learned hands on about intellectual property prosecution and litigation. When not consumed with attending classes, doing homework, and studying, Melanie spends as much time as possible with her dogs, Kona and Pine, and working out when her ankle permits.

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Rebecca Schaefer
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Rebecca Schaefer graduated from Goucher College in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science. After a year spent perfecting the art of the macchiato, she became a paralegal at a small law firm - a job she held until she enrolled at Rutgers Law in 2015. As a 2L, Rebecca was Vice President of the Intellectual Property Law Society, Student Director of the Hon. Morris Stern Pro Bono Bankruptcy Project, and an Associate Editor of the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal (CTLJ). Rebecca will spend her 3L year as a Managing Articles Editor of CTLJ and a Student Attorney in Rutgers’ Intellectual Property Law Clinic. During her 1L and 2L summers respectively, Rebecca interned for the Hon. Melenaos W. Toskos of the New Jersey Superior Court in Bergen County and worked as a Summer Associate with the BioPharma Contentious Proceedings Team at Novartis Pharmaceuticals. In her spare time Rebecca plays softball and volleyball, reads too many comic books, and listens to the Hamilton soundtrack on repeat.

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William Darling
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William Darling is a third year student at Rutgers Law School-Newark and the current Managing Development Editor of the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal. He received his B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in Legal Studies from Seton Hall University in 2015. William was most recently a Summer Associate at Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader and will be clerking for the Honorable Robert A. Ballard, Jr. after graduation. He hopes following this clerkship to practice in the areas of Labor & Employment Law, as well as Education Law. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys going fishing.

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Patrick O'Donnell
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Patrick O’Donnell graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2015 with a B.S. in Economics. During his first year of law school, Patrick decided to focus solely on his studies. As a second year law student, Pat was an Associate Editor on the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal. Pat is now a Managing Articles Editor on the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal. In his spare time, Pat likes to hike and read.

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Rosemary Soto
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Rosemary D. Soto graduated Montclair State University with a B.S. in Jurisprudence and a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business. Now a 3L at Rutgers Law School, she is a member of the Minority Student Program (MSP), Publication Editor of the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal (RCTLJ), ex-Vice President for Academic Affairs for the Association of Latin American Law Students (ALALS), and Clinical Law Student for the Intellectual Property Clinic. She has an interest in Intellectual Property law, particularly in copyright and trademark, and Corporate law. She has worked for the Honorable Adam E. Jacobs, J.S.C., the Honorable Justine Niccollai, J.S.C., and the Library of Congress. Over the Summer of 2017, Rosemary worked as a law clerk for Realogy Holdings Corp. Rosemary deeply enjoys reading and traveling in order to immerse herself in other cultures.

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Michelle Yang
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Michelle Yang graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology. Now a 3L at Rutgers Law School, she is a Publishing Editor of the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal, a member of the Minority Student Program (MSP), and former Secretary of the Asian Pacific American Law Student's Association. Over the summer, Michelle worked in a general practice law firm, mainly focusing on real estate transactions. When she is not in school, Michelle enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and learning how to play the guitar/ukulele.

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Travis Anderson
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Travis Anderson graduated from William Paterson University in 2015, earning a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in economics. He currently serves as Managing Articles Editor for the Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal, Chief Operating Officer of the SBA School Store, and 3L Representative in the SBA. Travis interned for a Superior Court Civil Division Judge during his 1L summer, and worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Michael A. Shipp, U.S.D.J., during the spring semester of his 2L year. This past summer, Travis worked as a summer intern for the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. He worked alongside the executive team developing policy and performing legal research, while also completing assignment rotations in the Department of Law’s Employment Litigation section and the Department of Criminal Justice. This fall, he will be returning to the Office of the Attorney General as an intern in the Department of Law’s Employment Litigation section. Upon graduation, Travis will go on to clerk for the Hon. Thomas W. Sumner, Jr., J.A.D., at the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division in Mercer County.

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Molly Sweeney
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Molly graduated from Bryant University in 2013 with a degree in Sociology. Prior to law school, she worked at a marketing firm for two years. This summer Molly interned at Bergen County Superior Court in the Family Division. In her free time, Molly enjoys traveling and reading.

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Jacob Shulman
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Jacob Shulman is originally from central New Jersey, but has spent a significant period of his life near Chicago, Illinois. Jacob is a third year student at Rutgers Law School and received his undergraduate education from Rutgers University- New Brunswick. Jacob graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science, with a minor in economics and an Undergraduate Associate certificate from the Eagleton Institute of Politics in 2015. During the past few years, Mr. Shulman, has worked for multiple law firms in New York and New Jersey, focusing on assisting attorneys who represent mid-size and large business entities. Jacob has also worked in securities compliance as a law clerk for a broker-dealer. Jacob will be published in the upcoming volume of the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal for his work in financial technology ("FinTech"). Additionally, Jacob has written about corporate governance issues, cybersecurity, and blockchain. He enjoys giving back to the community and has done so by being a member of Mt. Zion Lodge #135 of Free and Accepted Masons, various alumni groups, and the Highland Park Human Relations Commission. Jacob has had exposure to a myriad of legal and policy related internships and jobs. At the law school, Jacob was involved as the Career Services Chairman of the Student Bar Association (SBA), and served as the President of the Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA). As the Career Services Chairman, Jacob organized one of the largest judicial receptions at the law school. Jacob is a 2017-2018 Governor's Executive Fellow through the Eagleton Institute of Politics and a Business Law Fellow in the Rutgers Center for Corporate Law and Governance. His hobbies include rescuing and fostering dogs and being involved in the community.

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Saval Desai
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Saval Desai is a 3L interested in patent law. She enjoys traveling, literature, movies, television, and coffee.

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